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The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners:

Music can have an incredible impact in our lives. It can bring comfort, it can teach, and it can also bind people together. Many years ago, when I was in major seminary, two classmates set the text of today’s first reading (Isaiah 55: 10-11) to music. Keith Zavelli and Steven Janco’s “Sow the Word,” while not commonly in the liturgical marketplace, impacted not only my understanding of the scripture but also deepened its presence in my heart. The refrain, “So the Word came to the world, so the Word came to stretch His arms and die for the world.  As He loved, so we live to sow the Word”, is a reminder to faithfully share the words of Jesus in good and inclement times, that the source of our lives is He who provides all things, and that our task, in the Lord’s name, is to bring fruitfulness to both the earth and the inhabitants of the earth.

This prayer, taken from the “Mass at Seedtime” could be offered not only for the farmers, but also for each of us as we share God’s Word, the Lord Jesus, with others:

O God, by whose help we sow seeds in the earth that will grow by the effect of your power, grant that what we know to be lacking in our labors may be supplied abundantly by you, for you alone give increase.

My own health journey continues and I am feeling gradual improvement. I am very grateful for your prayers, thoughts, cards, and loving care. As many of you know, I have been hospitalized four times since I was taken by ambulance from church on Holy Thursday evening. In a community of our size, no doubt there has been concern about what, exactly, is going on. In a nutshell, a hyper-active thyroid has continued to affect my heart rhythm. As a result, I have developed acute blood clots in my legs and in my lungs. I was unaware of how serious a condition this is! My thyroid is slowly coming closer to satisfactory levels but is quite not there yet. The blood clots are being carefully treated with medications. I am receiving extensive out-patient care while staying at my sister’s home in Casselberry. This has been a true lesson in patience for me! Sick-leave is not fun! I do ask you continued prayers and be assured that I will hold you in mine.

May the week ahead be filled with many blessings!

Fr. Bob

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